The Lady Falcons were all set to take on the eight-seeded Demarest Norsemen. The girls again walked all over their opponent claiming a demanding 43-21 win, and a bid to the state semi-finals.
The Falcons were led again by their star Ivana Tisma, who, despite a slower night, still led the team with 11 points. Not far behind was the lone senior Tricia Orlandoni, who put together a 10-point well-battled game for the Falcons.
The game got off to the typical J-Town girls start. The Falcons dominated the defensive end of the floor when their defense would turn into offense. Jefferson allowed just six points in the quarter, and the majority of those points were off fast break scores. The Lady Falcons’ defense came out hot and ready to play.
Again in the second quarter, the Falcons would be stellar defensively. Allowing just five points this quarter, the Falcons were able to burst out to an eight point lead. A big part of that was the senior Orlandoni, who was clutch on both ends of the floor.
The Falcons’ defense would not change in the second half. For the first four minutes, the Norsemen were unable to put any points on the board, as the Falcons D stood strong against Demarest. The rest of the game would be more of the same, as the Falcons’ defense led by Orlandoni and Leah Demko, would be the clear storyline of the night, leading them to a 43-21 win over Demarest.
My player of the game was senior Tricia Orlandoni. She was all over the floor Thursday night, diving after loose balls, making big defensive stops, and putting together a 10-point performance in the process. Being the lone senior on the squad brings a lot of responsibility for Orlandoni, and on Thursday night she was surely up to the task.
The girls will take on the Newton Braves in a semi-final matchup on Saturday, March 7. Being the top seeded squad in the tournament, the girls will remain home throughout with hopes to continue their season Saturday.